HC Deb 18 May 2004 vol 421 cc907-8W
Mr. Chaytor

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he will take during 2004 in respect of schools, colleges and universities(a) to increase awareness of the dangers of global climate change and (b) to promote education about ways to reach the Government's target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. [171257]

Mr. Miliband

The Department will continue to fund the Met Office's educational programme which provides information to schools about the science of climate change and is this year developing a Climate Change Module for key stages 3 and 4.

The Department is funding the Association for Science Education and the Development Education Association to develop "Global Dimension in Science" modules for our new national network of Science Learning Centres, which will train science teachers to teach about climate change from this Autumn.

In the post-16 sector, the Learning and Skills Council produced a toolkit for education for sustainable development in November last year, and is planning to produce a strategy for sustainable development this summer.

In higher education, the Department's sustainable development action plan asked the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to signal to the university.

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